Two Factor Authentication, also known as 2FA, or Strong Customer Authentication (SCA), is an extra layer of that requires on top of username and password also something that only the user has on him (usually a HW or SW token) or something the user is (usually biometric). By using the username and password together with this additional layer of security that only the user has or is makes it harder for potential intruders to gain access to a user account or steal user data or identity.

Recent regulation such as PSDS2 refers to 2FA as “…based on the use of two or more elements categorised as knowledge (something only the user knows), possession (something only the user possesses) and inherence (something the user is) that are independent, in that the breach of one does not compromise the reliability of the others, and is designed in such a way as to protect the confidentiality of the authentication data.”

Symantec VIP

Symantec™ VIP is a leading user-friendly, cloud-based, strong authentication service that provides secure access to sensitive data and applications anytime, anywhere, from any device.

Symantec VIP fully complies with PDS2 requirements offering a variety of features helping organizations to prevent unauthorized access to sensitive networks and applications, comply with data protection regulations, and enforce security best practices. VIP enables you to secure your organization’s entire user base – employees, remote workers, partners, contractors, vendors, and customers.

Symantec VIP’s broad array of authentication options allow you to select the right authentication approach to deliver protection for a variety of users and use cases; that are as easy as one-tap Push, fingerprint, or even hands free, increasing user satisfaction, adoption and productivity.